Thailand's "Protests": Er...democracy, anyone?

Brian Sun, 2014-02-16 19:41

Thailand has been shaken by protests for months now. Observers such as myself can see that soon the military will give in to the demands of the "protesters," and take power from the elected government.

Last November, feigning disgust at the "corruption" of the majority of Thailand's elected representatives, many members of the national legislature, most members of what's laughably called the "Democrat Party," abandoned their elected positions and took to the streets.

Making the Mekong

Brian Sat, 2012-05-12 00:00

Some may recall that one of the things I wanted to do a lot of on this trip to SE Asia was long-distance motorcycling.

As it turned out, there hasn't been a lot of that, and what there has been hasn't been all that successful (see "My Week in Ha Noi," March 3rd), even if fun and instructive as I was failing...

A gap in the tales

Brian Mon, 2012-04-09 00:00

The astute reader will note there's a significant gap in this weblog, a gap of some two weeks. Oops, maybe closer to three.

It seems to have started when my sons and I separated—Duncan going back to high school, and Andrew staying on in Viet Nam...

Bangkok weekend

Brian Wed, 2012-02-29 00:00

I flew back to Bangkok on February 24th to spend the weekend before heading to Hanoi. I planned for it to be largely uneventful—restful, if possible.

And so it was. Dinner, beer, music, rest. Except...

Farewell to Chiangmai

Brian Sun, 2012-02-26 21:53

A highlight of my third week in Chiangmai was the visit of Wanissa, a very good friend of MF.

Wanissa is a radiological technician at a hospital in Rayong, an industrial city in central Thailand a couple of hours east of Bangkok. She's been there for three years...